Pemex Shuts Down 7 Fuel Theft Operations in 2 Weeks

Mexico's state oil company Pemex detected and shut down seven fuel theft operations in six states in the first two weeks of 2006, Pemex said in a statement.

Pemex shut down two illegal connections in Veracruz state on the 14-inch Cima de Togo-Azcapotzalco pipeline and another on the 12-inch Minatitlán-México pipeline in Hueyapan de Ocampo municipality.

A third illegal connection was found near the El Castillo fuel storage and distribution terminal in El Salto, Jalisco state, the statement said.

A fourth connection was discovered in Jimenez municipality in Chihuahua state and theft operations on the 24-inch pipeline connecting Pemex's marine terminal in Mazatlán to state power company CFE's José Aceves Pozos power plant in Sinaloa state were also detected.

Pemex workers also detected an illegal connection at the 12-inch Tepeaca-Agencia de Ventas pipeline in Puebla state and another on the 18-inch Cadereyta-Satélite pipeline near Escobedo municipality in Nuevo León state.

Pemex has taken legal action against the thieves, the statement said.

In 2005 Pemex recovered 7bn pesos (US$654mn) worth of stolen fuels in Mexico thanks to a new program to boost monitoring of pipelines and storage facilities, the statement said.

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